Mother And Daughter Relationship In Two Kinds By Amy Tan

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Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds” is a short story that was written in 1989, that outlines the difficulties with a mother and daughter relationship. A young girl name Jing-Mei Woo who is the main character in the story was a vulnerable nine-year-old girl living in a home with her mother and father. Jing-Mei deals with the high potentials of her mother, to become a genius. After losing everything in China, her mother moved to America for a better living. Jing-Mei shares her mother’s thoughts about America on how you could be anything you wanted to be in the States (Tan, 1989). From the first through the fifth sentence in the “You could open a restaurant. You could work for the government and good retirement………… You could become instantly famous” (Tan, …show more content…
Therefore, mother and daughter relationships that establish tension are referred from their culture or lifestyle. According to Selin Onayli article, the strength of mother daughter relationship is very critical and obvious in every culture, yet the child rearing practices, the nature of family functioning may differ from culture to culture ( Onayli, 2013). In conflicts between a mother and daughter relationship there is always something that symbolizes their problems for example, in this short story the piano has different meaning between the mother and the daughter. For the mother, the piano symbolizes her expectations and visions for her daughter and for Jing Mei, the piano symbolizes the undesirable burden to become something she believes she is not. The mother does everything in her power to make sure her daughter lives a good life, where she doesn’t have to …show more content…
A philosopher, Stiver notes that adult women who are in psychotherapy are likely to be critical of their mothers, emphasize her negative qualities, and struggle against being like her (Shrier, 2004). She notes that these women’s relationships with their mothers are intense and often conflictual (Shrier, 2004). Amy Tan illustrate Jing-Mei situation dealing with her mother being controlling and struggles with her negative responses. Just like mothers and daughter’s relationship in today’s society, the communication between a mother is different from her daughter. Communication is the key to understanding each other, and that’s how tension is an involve once its not understand. But mothers just want the best for their daughter where they pressure them to the

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